You know what’s the biggest problem of using a Smartphone?
If you’re guessing battery, then you nailed it!!! The more the usage, more the battery is consumed. Plus with so many features available, the consumption increases by a 100 times. So, as much as you charge your phone, it eventually dies out on you.
Now it’s not that there are no solutions to it, as a matter of fact the biggest and the most successful one at present is a Portable Charger a.k.a PowerBank. But we all know how effective it is!!
So in an attempt to fix those issues for us, we have our latest entrant in the market – Plan V!!!
WHAT’S PLAN V?
Plan V – the discovery of a Sydney based firm Flintu; in the simplest terms is a foolproof compact backup charging device for your Smartphone.
Each and every one of us, at some point has faced an issue where our battery dies on us and the PowerBank which we rely on runs out of power too. And it is only then, you realize that you have to make an important call, navigate the direction to some place or even worse, you’re stuck in a dangerous situation.
Similar was the situation of the makers of Plan V – Evan and Luke 18 month’s back, when they were stranded in dark and dangerous lanes of Bogota, Colombia and were in desperate need of their phone to find their way back to the hostel. Although, after hours of wandering, they did manage to find their way back but it was then when they decided that they just had to create an ultra portable, failsafe charging device which they could rely on, in their worst times.
And thus they began working on making a device that would be a companion for many across the world during their hard times. While brainstorming over it, cars hit their mind! You don’t carry an extra battery for your car, you just carry jumper cables. Thus, the same principle was applied here as well. Now these batteries were easily accessible and all they needed was a jumper cable, and this gave rise to Plan V.
Unlike other charging devices, it does not require charging for itself to pass it on, and is so compact that can also be used as a keychain.
Wondering how can that possibly work?
Pretty simple! It works on similar lines to that of jumping your car batteries. All you need to do is connect a 9-volt battery to the Plan V device, connect that to your phone and you’re sorted!
Plan V is a completely waterproof smart device and is made of a single piece of rubber-like material which is casted using an injection mold. That means the device has absolutely no holes or gaps for anything to pass in or out.
FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS…
Plan V weighs only 7 grams with dimensions of 4.5 cm x 1 cm x 1 cm. It is most favorably used as a keychain and doesn’t require any cables to pass the power. It is compatible with all the Smartphones and can provide a maximum of a good 4 hours talk time. The 9-Volt battery which is used to charge the phones is equivalent to an 800mAh 3.7V phone battery and when we say 4 hours of talk time, it means with heavy usage on phones like iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S5.
The beauty about these batteries is that, they can be found at every nook-n-corner of the country.
Plan V is a smart device which uses two charging modes to help you charge your phones. One of these is; Rapid Mode, wherein high charge-rate design reduces the turn-on time for the completely dead phones and lastly Endurance Mode, wherein the optimal charging rate helps in maximizing the talk time.
All that the device does is, it converts the voltage of the 9-volt battery to a USB charger voltage with nearly 90% efficiency.
For safety purposes, Plan V has a built in feature of protection mechanisms which helps in preventing any sort of damages due to the device. These mechanisms include Polarity protection, wherein even if you try to attach the battery in the wrong way, it will not damage your phone; Over-current protection, wherein it averts the phone from drawing too much of power too quickly; and lastly Reverse-flow protection, unlike some chargers it will not cause your phone to run flat on you even when you keep it connected after the charging has been completed.
Plan V got a successful funding on Kickstarter and would be shipped to the backers by Feb 2015. The project over-achieved its initial target of AUD 30,000 by receiving $ 110,884 AUD from 3,630 backers in a 30 day funding period. This itself is a proof of the kind of expectations that this product is setting and it will be interesting to see how things unfold once the products reached customers.
Image credits: www.flintu.com